Refusing to submit to a blood or breath test is a violation of Wisconsin implied consent laws. If a person refuses to submit to a test, they will be ticketed. A refusal counts as an OWI on a person's criminal record for purposes of counting convictions to determine the level of the offense. :: READ MORE ::
owi and pac tickets
If you are arrested, you may receive two tickets. One ticket is for drunk driving, while the other is for violating the legal limit laws. :: READ MORE ::
jail time & fines
A conviction for drunk driving is a violation of the laws regarding driving while under the influence - OWI - commonly called drunk driving - DUI - or driving while impaired - DWI - will result in fines. With the exception of the first offense, a conviction will also result in jail time, and may result in other penalties such as an interlocking system. :: READ MORE ::
Sentencing guidelines provide courts will recommended jail time, fines and other penalties, but courts need not follow them and most impose penalties in excess of the guidelines. :: READ MORE ::
getting out of jail
A person who has been arrested and incarcerated for a second, third or fourth drunk driving offense will be housed in a county (or sometimes a city) jail, and their car will be impounded and taken to the impound lot. To get out of jail, they will need to bond out. :: READ MORE ::
should you lawyer-up?
At any court hearing in which a defendant is not represented by legal counsel, the judge will highly recommend to the defendant that a lawyer be retained before proceeding. There is a reason for that: you have rights, but it is neither the judge's job or the prosecutor's job to ensure that your rights are protected and defended; that job is left to you and your lawyer. If you do not have an attorney, the burden falls squarly on your shoulders to know the law, how to apply the law to your situation, to know your rights and how to defend them, and to know court procedures. :: READ MORE ::
which one attorney is right for you
Hiring a drunk driving defense attorney from amoungst the several hundred in Wisconsin that might handle DUI defense cases is no longer as difficult a process as it has been previously; the attorneys presented here are Wisconsin's best drunk driving defense lawyers.
Guilty and no contest pleadings have the same result - a conviction - in drunk driving cases. A guilty plea admits to all the charges alleged against you. A no contest plea leave the verdict in the hands of the judge, who will find you guilty. But you have a right to plead not guilty.
You have begun the best process available on the web by visiting a site where only the state's most qualified and experienced drunk driving defense lawyers are presented, now here are some tips on how to hire one of them.
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